Cyril Ramaphosa is due back at the State Capture Inquiry next week, after the Zondo Commission confirmed that they are now ready to host the President as he wraps up his testimony from earlier in the year.
Ramaphosa played with a straight bat during his last interrogation by Raymond Zondo and his expert legal colleagues. When matters adjourned, Cyril hadn’t given too much away, but he was told that he’d have to come back at some point.
The time has come, and his first day back at the Inquiry will be Wednesday 11 August:
“The Chairperson of the Commission has fixed 11 and 12 August [next Wednesday and Thursday] as the dates when Cyril Ramaphosa will appear before the State Capture Inquiry, to give evidence and be questioned on certain matters. He will complete his evidence relating to the ANC in his capacity as the President and former Deputy President.”
— State Capture Commission (@StateCaptureCom) August 2, 2021
Ramaphosa served as Jacob Zuma’s Deputy President during uBaba’s nine-year term in charge of South Africa, and then went on to replace his senior in February 2018. It’s during this period that state capture reached its frenzied heights, as the Guptas and their associates willingly looted the state before it all came crashing down.
Just over 15 months later, Cyril won the General Election, keeping him in charge of the country until 2024. However, the ANC Elective Conference happens next year – and Ramaphosa has his enemies.
Factional battles have threatened to tear the ANC apart, and these divides were cracked open further following Zuma’s arrest in July. With Ramaphosa back in the hot-seat, a set of more difficult questions now lie in wait for him.
President Ramaphosa will appear before the Commissio on State Capture Commission on the 11th and 12th of August both as the president of the ANC and then as former Deputy President and president of the republic #sabcnews pic.twitter.com/TeHrQmgWSS
— Ntebo Mokobo (@MokoboNtebo) August 2, 2021